Biscuits Redux

This long (L-O-N-G) winter, like all wintry seasons before it, lends itself to the craving of comfort foods—of beans and cornbread, of chicken and dumplin’s, biscuits and gravy, macaroni and cheese and on the list goes.

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One of my first cooking-from-scratch accomplishments was biscuits and gravy. We’ve been content with my rustic biscuits for several years now, the only complaint being that said biscuits are not the best for sandwiches because they fall apart. They’ve been so good otherwise, though, that my family has simply made do and enjoyed my biscuits—with gravy over them, with sausage and cheese, with honey…just making sure to have them on a plate with a fork handy.

Recently, I was skimming a post online and a biscuit recipe caught my attention. This is unusual because, as I said, we’ve been content with my biscuits. I read it through out of curiosity—the recipe was almost exactly like mine. When I got to the end, I thought hmmm, maybe I’ll try that next time.

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Yep, m’very own plate MMmmMM!

Twasn’t an ingredient, but a technique that had caught my eye. My method is to mix the dough together, dump it out on a floured surface and simply pat it into a rough shape and cut the biscuits.

This recipe’s method involved rolling out the dough, folding into thirds, lightly flouring each fold, repeating those steps again followed by a last roll out, then cutting the biscuits.

The post claimed flaky biscuits using this method. Since it changed nothing but the last step of my biscuit making, I figured I had nothing to lose and wondered what the difference would be.

Lo n behold, what happened is my delicious biscuits now hold together beautifully for any sandwich desired. WHOOT!

How do you make your biscuits, do tell? (comment here or join the conversation over on Facebook!)

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Comfort Food: Biscuits and Gravy

When I set out to to improve my cooking and to learn to cook more from scratch quite a few years ago, one of the first things I tackled was homemade biscuits and gravy. *insert groan of appreciation* I’m not sure there is a comfort food in my world that is richer in memories and deliciousness than bona fide biscuits and gravy.

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If I could relive a childhood food moment from the past, it would be a biscuits and gravy breakfast at Nanny’s table–with Papaw coming in to wash up and take his spot at the table, always smiling and teasing Nanny. My mom would be laughing and refilling her coffee cup–again. Those were the mornings waking up at my grandparents’ farm–waking up to smell the sausage and coffee, the biscuits and gravy.

While I learned to make biscuits and gravy with tips from my Mom (who I miss every.single.moment.), here are a couple of great links to recipes for those who haven’t yet mastered this most delicious nirvana of comfort foods.

*Pioneer Woman has step by step pictures that beautifully and clearly illustrate the gravy-making. I have no tip to add to this, for her instruction is so easily followed and spot on.

*This link to Paula Deen for the biscuit makin’  has video as well as the recipe.  My tip: I often use self rising flour, which allows me to omit the salt and the baking powder. I’ve made biscuits both ways and both turned out great.

Whether you make them or someone else makes them, what are some of your favorite heart and soul warming comfort foods?